How to make the Cambridge Christmas bar’s Snowball Old-Fashioned

Two words: gingerbread syrup.

Snowball Old-Fashioned. –Miracle Bar

This season, the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel in Cambridge is hosting pop-up Christmas bar Miracle in its lobby, complete with sparkly decorations, holiday music galore, and festive sweater-wearing bartenders.

But if this past weekend’s snowfall has you planning to hibernate for the rest of winter, here’s a cocktail recipe that you can recreate in your own kitchen. According to Miracle, the Snowball Old-Fashioned is typically a top seller for the pop-up chain.  


For the cocktail:
2 ½ ounces bourbon
½ ounces gingerbread syrup (recipe below)
3 dashes wormwood bitters
Snowball ice
Lemon peel

For the gingerbread syrup (yields about a half gallon):
9 cups water
8 cups cane sugar
1.5 tablespoons molasses
3 cinnamon sticks
3 whole cloves
4 whole allspice
1/2 tablespoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger



Gingerbread syrup:
Crack or smash the dried spices, but do not grind. Toast dry spices in a dry saucepan over medium-high heat, until aromatic. Cool pan, then add water and bring to a boil. Allow to boil for 3 minutes. Lower the heat and add ginger, sugar, and molasses. Bring back to a simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove sediment spices. Bottle and store in the refrigerator.

In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients with cracked ice and stir well. Strain into a double rocks glass and express the lemon peel over liquid. Discard lemon peel and top with snowball ice. Note: If your snowball is too loose, it will soak up the drink.